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Lyr Req: My Castle on the Nile(Walker,Johnson,Cole

GUEST,The-Siren-Poet 02 Nov 00 - 06:43 AM
Pene Azul 02 Nov 00 - 07:30 AM
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SINSULL 02 Nov 00 - 09:06 AM
Jim Dixon 14 Aug 02 - 07:54 PM
masato sakurai 14 Aug 02 - 09:10 PM
Jim Dixon 16 Aug 02 - 10:19 AM
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Jim Dixon 16 Dec 07 - 09:51 AM
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Subject: Build My Castle On Nile
From: GUEST,The-Siren-Poet
Date: 02 Nov 00 - 06:43 AM

I'm trying to find the rest of the lyrics and/or get corrections to what I have from a song I used to sing at Girl Scout camp.

"I'm gonna build my castle on the Nile
So i can leave in elegant style
In laid diamonds on the floor
Butler standing at my door"

some where I there's a line about "my blood will change from red to blue"

Any help will be greatly apreciated. Thanks!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Build My Castle On The Nile
From: Pene Azul
Date: 02 Nov 00 - 07:30 AM

You can get the lyrics here (click).

Jeff


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Subject: Lyr Add: CASTLE ON THE RIVER NILE
From: Pene Azul
Date: 02 Nov 00 - 07:31 AM

CASTLE ON THE RIVER NILE

On my castle on the river Nile
I'm gonna live in elegant style
Lay your diamonds on the floor
With the bamboo butler at my door

Gonna meet that prince from Calamazoo
Blood's gonna change from red to blue
Live in roalty all the while,
On my castle on the river Nile!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Build My Castle On The Nile
From: SINSULL
Date: 02 Nov 00 - 09:06 AM

Joan Morris has recorded this on one of her albums, either "After The Ball" or "Vaudeville". Bet she didn't know it is a Girl Scout song.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Build My Castle On The Nile
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 14 Aug 02 - 07:54 PM

According to http://www.mainspringpress.com/AED-WILLIAMS.pdf,
Bert Williams recorded "In My Castle on The River Nile," Victor Monarch 991, in 1901.

But according to http://nfo.net/.CAL/tk5.html, the lyrics to "My Castle on the River Nile" were written by Ed Kirkeby who was "very active in the 1930s and 1940s, and very often worked with Thomas 'Fats' Waller's music."

Whatever the source, it seems the folk process has been at work on this song, as you can see by comparing the following versions. I think "baboon butler" makes more sense than "bamboo butler", and "inlaid diamonds on the floor" makes more sense than "lay your diamonds...".

Copied from http://www.mowglis.org/Songs/MyCastleOnTheRiverNile.html:

    MY CASTLE ON THE RIVER NILE

    Oh, in my castle on the river Nile
    I'm going to live in elegant style:
    Baboon butler at my door,
    Diamond carpets all over the floor.

    I'm goin' to marry the princess of Kalamazoo
    My blood's going to change from red to blue:
    Entertain royalty all the while
    In my castle, castle, castle, on the river, river Nile!

Copied from http://www.geocities.com/yodatohi/mybody.htm
    ON THE NILE

    I'm gonna build my castle on the Nile
    I will live in elegant style
    Inlaid diamonds on the floor,
    Bamboo butler at the door

    I'm gonna marry my prince from Alaboo,
    My blood will turn from red to blue
    Imitating royalty all the while,
    In my castle, castle, castle on the river Nile .

    Bah bah bah bum bah bum bah bah bah bah bum,
    Bum bah bum bah bah bah bah bah
    Imitating royalty all the while,
    In my castle, castle, castle on the river Nile,
    The river Nile....

The following excerpt from the poem "Congo" by Vachel Lindsay, 1912, (Found at http://www.ipoet.com/archive/rhythmic/Lindsay/congo.html) contains some strikingly similar images:

    A Negro fairyland swung into view,
    A minstrel river where dreams come true.
    The ebony palace soared on high
    Through the blossoming trees to the evening sky.
    The inlaid porches and casement shone
    With gold and ivory and elephant-bone.
    And the black crowd laughed till their sides were sore
    At the baboon butler in the agate door,
    And the well-known tunes of the parrot band
    That trilled on the bushes of that magic land.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Build My Castle On The Nile
From: masato sakurai
Date: 14 Aug 02 - 09:10 PM

"My Castle On The Nile" was recorded by The Deep River Boys
(A) on Pilotone S45 5153 released in 1946
(B) on His Master's Voice B.10633 released in 1955.
Both recordings can be heard HERE.

This, I think, is a song from the show In Dahomey (published in 1902): "My Castle on the Nile" (words by James W. Johnson and Bob Cole, music by Rosamond Johnson). I haven't found the score yet.
"Bob Cole and the Johnson brothers, James Weldon and James Rosamond, collaborated on several hit songs: "Nobody's Looking But The Owl and The Moon," "My Castle on the Nile," and for Ziegfeld's wife, Anna Held, "The Maiden with the Dreamy Eyes," all from 1901, and "Under the Bamboo Tree" in 1902. They also collaborated on the musicals The Shoo-Fly Regiment (1906) and The Red Moon (19O8). James Weldon wrote the words for "Lift Every Voice and Sing" to his brother's tune, a song which has become the unofficial African-American national anthem." (From HERE)
"With over 1,100 performances in the United States and England between 1902 and 1905, In Dahomey became a landmark of American musical theater. Created and performed entirely by African Americans, it showcased the talent of conservatory-trained composer Will Marion Cook and the popular vaudevillians Bert Williams and George Walker. This edition presents the musical and textual materials of In Dahomey in a comprehensive piano-vocal score, with many musical numbers that were added or substituted in various early productions. This complete array of songs makes this the first publication of its type." (From HERE: review of the published score)
Bert Williams' "In My Castel on the River Nile" (Victor 991 (7"); rec. Philadelphia (?); October 11, 1901/Acc. C.H.H. Booth, piano) is presumably this song (discography is HERE, pdf file).

~Masato


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Subject: Lyr Add: MY CASTLE ON THE NILE
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 16 Aug 02 - 10:19 AM

Transcribed from the sound files at http://www.group-harmony.com/MyCastle.htm.

MY CASTLE ON THE NILE
(Words by James Weldon Johnson and Bob Cole, music by James Rosamond Johnson, 1901)

It ain't no use for you to try to rise up in the social scale
'Less you can trace your name back to the flood.
You've got to have an ancestral hold, and you mustn't fail
To prove that indigo's mixed in your blood.
I've just found out that I came down from old chief Bungaboo.
My great granddaddy was his great grandchild.
Now I am going to sail away across the ocean blue
To occupy my castle on the Nile.

CHO: In my castle on that river Nile
I'm a-gwine to live in elegant style:
Inlaid diamonds on the floor,
The baboon butler at my door.
With that princess Kalamazoo,
Blood's a-gwine to change from red to blue,
Entertain royalty all the while
In my castle on the river Nile.

REPEAT CHORUS.

I'm going where I can eat the best and live on foreign game,
Where chickens grow, they tell me, six feet tall.
The natives call them ostriches. Never mind about the name.
The flavor of the meat's the same, that's all.
I'll form a royal party and hunt for elephant,
And when I fish I'll fish for crocodile,
Have the monkey for my valet and live extravagant
In my ancestral castle on the Nile.

CHORUS TWICE.

[As sung by the Deep River Boys, Pilotone, S45 5153, 1946; and His Master's Voice, B.10633, 1955.]


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Build My Castle On The Nile
From: masato sakurai
Date: 16 Aug 02 - 10:49 AM

Thank you, Jim. I've found a song from In Dahomey ("I'm a Jonah Man" by Alex Rogers) in a songbook, but not this one.

~Masato


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: My Castle on the River Nile
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 16 Dec 07 - 09:51 AM

From A History of African American Theatre By Errol Hill, James Vernon Hatch, 2003.

For their fourth production [Bert] Williams and [George] Walker expanded the theme of mistaken identity in Sons of Ham, written by Jesse Shipp and Stephen Cassin. [Plot description omitted.] The production opened in upstate New York in September 1900 and after a short tour arrived in Manhattan a month later. It proved a great success, having attractive scenery, lively music, clever lyrics, and with principal players each contributing popular items. In the last scene of act 1 a ballad by Bert Williams dressed in a Zulu warrior's costume received many encores:

In my castle on the river Nile
I am gwinter live in elegant style
Inlaid diamonds on de flo'
A baboon butler at my do'
When I wed dat princess Anna Mazoo
Den my blood will change from red to blue.
Entertaining royalty all the while
In my castle on the river Nile.

From Ragged But Right: Black Traveling Shows, "Coon Songs," and the Dark Pathway to Blues and Jazz By Lynn Abbott, Doug Seroff, 2007.

"My Castle on the River Nile," words by Robert Cole and James Weldon Johnson, music by J. Rosamond Johnson, is a first-rate example of a sophisticated turn-or-the-century ragtime coon song. While the clever lyrics are constructed around ludicrous racial allusions, they are neither crude nor unwholesome. A popular black quartet, the Deep River Boys, recorded the song in the 1940s. Certain nuances and inflections suggest that the Deep River Boys may have been familiar with Bert Williams's 1901 recording; however, they sing the song in swing tempo, while Williams recorded it more slowly, wringing the full value out of the lyrics. The chorus: [Same as above.]


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: My Castle on the River Nile
From: Mick Pearce (MCP)
Date: 16 Dec 07 - 10:41 AM

The sheet music is available in the UCLA Digital Library collection: My Castle On The Nile (use the View Sheet Music button to access the pdf).

Mick


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: My Castle on the River Nile
From: Charley Noble
Date: 16 Dec 07 - 12:07 PM

Fascinating!

Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: My Castle on the Nile
From: GUEST,campers.
Date: 17 Aug 09 - 03:45 AM

Im gonna build my castle on the Nile.
so i can live in an eleagant style
in laid diamonds on the floor
a genuine butler at my door
im gonna marry my prince Alaboo
my blood will change from red to blue
entertaining royalty all the while
in my castle castle castle on the river nile
the river nileeeeeeee.

now THATS how it is.
we are campers.
girl scouts campers with 10 YEARS of song singing.

its what we do.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: My Castle on the Nile
From: Charley Noble
Date: 17 Aug 09 - 07:47 PM

I do think the words composed and sung by James Weldon Johnson and Bob Cole, music by James Rosamond Johnson, 1901, posted by Jim above are quite splendid.

Maybe the "campers" will revive some of the missing words!

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: My Castle on the Nile
From: GUEST,leeneia
Date: 18 Aug 09 - 11:02 AM

'I'm goin' to marry the princess of Kalamazoo'

I wonder how many campers singing this know that Kalamazoo is a small city in SW Michigan.


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Subject: Lyr Add: MY CASTLE ON THE NILE(Walker/Johnson/Cole
From: GUEST,Jim Dixon, at the library in Webster, WI
Date: 20 Aug 09 - 01:14 PM

Here are the lyrics from the sheet music (see the link above). Note that the princess's name is NOT Kalamazoo.

"New Song Hits Introduced by Williams & Walker's Own Big Co.
MY CASTLE ON THE NILE
"Sung by the great George H. Walker in 'In Dahomey'"
Words, J[ames] W[eldon] Johnson and Bob Cole. Music, Rosamond Johnson.
New York: Jos. W. Stern & Co., 1901.

1. Dere ain't no use in try'n to rise up in de social scale
'Less you kin trace yo' name back to de flood.
You got to have ancestral halls, an' den you mustn't fail
To prove dere's indigo mixed in yo' blood.
I done foun' out dat I come down from ole chief Bungaboo.
My great gran'daddy was his great gran'chile.
An' so I'm gwin' ter sail away across de waters blue
To occupy my castle on de Nile.

CHORUS: In my castle on de river Nile
I am gwinter live in elegant style:
Inlaid diamonds on de flo',
A baboon butler at my do'.
When I wed dat princess Anna Mazoo,
Den my blood will change from red to blue,
Entertaining royalty all the while
In my castle on the Nile.

2. I'm goin' where I kin eat de bes' an' live on foreign game,
Where chickens grow, dey tell me, six feet tall.
De natives call dem ostriches, no matter 'bout de name.
De flavor of de meat's de same, dat's all.
I'll form a royal party an' I'll hunt for elephant,
An' when I fish, I'll fish for crocodile.
A monkey for my valet, oh, I'll live extravagant
In my ancestral castle on de Nile.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: My Castle on the Nile
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 20 Aug 09 - 02:18 PM

Rosamund Johnson did the musical arrangements for the classic "Books of American Negro Spirituals," James Weldon Johnson and J. Rosamund Johnson.
"Bob" Cole, Robert Allen Cole, 1868-1911, also was African-American.
The three partnered in a vaueville act which toured America and Europe. "Under the Bamboo Tree" (1901) was a hit for them. They produced two musicals.

George Walker partnered with Bert Williams (both Af-Am) were a very sucessful vaudeville act.

From Wikipedia and other sources.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: My Castle on the Nile
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 20 Aug 09 - 02:30 PM

Under the Bamboo Tree," by Cole and Johnson Bros., sheet music in the Levy Collection.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: My Castle on the Nile
From: SINSULL
Date: 20 Aug 09 - 02:42 PM

Down in the jungle lived a maid
Of royal blood though dusky shade
A marked impression once she made
Upon a Zulu from Matabulu
And every morning he would be
Down underneath the bamboo tree
Awaiting there his love to see
And sing to her this tune

CHORUS
If you like a me like I like a you
And we like a both the same
I'd like a say this very day
I like to share your name
For I love a you
And love how you do
And if you a love a me
One live as two; two live as one
Under the bamboo tree.

From memory now back to work...there's more for later


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Subject: Lyr Add: UNDER THE BAMBOO TREE (Cole, Johnson)
From: SINSULL
Date: 20 Aug 09 - 02:45 PM

UNDER THE BAMBOO TREE.
By Cole and Johnson Bros. [Bob Cole, J. W. Johnson & Rosamond Johnson]
New York: Jos. W. Stern & Co., 1902.

1. Down in the jungles lived a maid
Of royal blood though dusky shade.
A marked impression once she made
Upon a Zulu
From Matabooloo,
And ev'ry morning he would be
Down underneath the bamboo tree,
Awaiting there his love to see
And then to her he'd sing:

CHORUS: If you lak-a-me lak I lak-a-you
And we lak-a-both the same,
I lak-a-say,
This very day,
I lak-a change your name;
'Cause I love-a-you and love-a you true
And if you-a love-a-me,
One live as two, two live as one,
Under the bamboo tree.

2. And in this simple jungle way,
He wooed the maiden ev'ry day,
By singing what he had to say.
One day he seized her
And gently squeezed her,
And then beneath the bamboo green,
He begged her to become his queen.
The dusky maiden blushed unseen
And joined him in his song: CHORUS

3. This little story, strange but true,
Is often told in Mataboo,
Of how this Zulu tried to woo
His jungle lady
In tropics shady.
Although the scene was miles away,
Right here at home I dare to say,
You'll hear some Zulu ev'ry day
Gush out this soft refrain: CHORUS


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: My Castle on the Nile
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 20 Aug 09 - 03:18 PM

As kids we sang the chorus to "Under the Bamboo Tree," but I can't remember hearing the verses.

SINSULL, I wonder if a clone could put the song title and authors at the head of your post so that it can be found easily by search:
"Under the Bamboo Tree"
Cole and Johnson Bros. (Only Bob Cole is shown on p. 1 of the sheet music, but the cover lists Johnson Bros. as well).


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: My Castle on the Nile(Walker,Johnson,Cole
From: GUEST
Date: 30 Oct 11 - 01:09 PM

You can hear both performed by William Bolcolm and Joan Morris on their Vaudeville and Song records from the 90's recordings.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: My Castle on the Nile(Walker,Johnson,Cole
From: GUEST,leeneia
Date: 31 Oct 11 - 11:30 AM

"Note that the princess's name is NOT Kalamazoo."

Heck!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: My Castle on the Nile(Walker,Johnson,Cole
From: GUEST
Date: 16 Nov 12 - 02:28 PM

I just got word that I come down from good king Bongaboo
My great grandfather was his great grandchile
And so I'm going to sail away across the ocean blue
to my ancestral castle on the nile.

In my castle on the river nile
I'm going to live in elegant style;
Inaid diamonds on yhe floor;
A baboon butler by my door.
When I wed that princess Sadamazoo,
Then my blood will change from red to blue,
Entertaining royalty all of the while
In my castle castle castle on the river nile.

I'll organize a party and we'll hunt for elephants, and when we fish we'll fish for crocodiles


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: My Castle on the Nile(Walker,Johnson,Cole
From: GUEST,Starview
Date: 09 Sep 14 - 05:13 PM

I'm gonna build my castle on the river Nile
And there I'll live in elegant style,
Inlaid diamonds on the floor,
A bamboo butler at the door.

I'm gonna, wed the prince of Kalamazoo
My blood's gonna change from red to blue
Entertaining royalty
In my castle on the sunny river Nile.


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